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Music and beer at Pontefract races

Pontefract RacesPontefract Races in West Yorkshire combines its racing with a music night and beer festival this Friday evening (July 19), so if you're there for the beer from local breweries be sure to plan your ride home.

If you're not out too late, the racecourse fortunately has public transport from a bus stop and Pontefract Tanshelf railway station nearby. There's a link to more information at the Metro website below.

After a division, seven races are now planned. The first race is at 5.37pm and the last race is at 9.00pm. An Oasis tribute act are planned for the live music.

More information at the  Pontefract Races website.
Public transport information at this  Metro - Pontefract Racecourse webpage.
Find  Pontefract racecourse on map.


Annual steam-up returns to Masham

Steam engines at a previous rally in MashamThe annual Steam Engine and Fair Organ Rally takes place in Masham, North Yorkshire, this Saturday and Sunday (July 20 and 21).

The rally has a spectacular line-up of full-size and miniature steam engines, tractors, classic cars, commercial vehicles and motorcycles and fair organs. Among the highlights this year is the Ken Fox Wall of Death, Western Horses demonstrations and a gundog display. There is also children's entertainment, a fairground, craft stalls, music and, of course, local ales.

More information at the  Masham steam rally website.


Carnival time in Hornsea

Hornsea CarnivalIt's carnival time in the East Riding seaside town of Hornsea this Friday, Saturday and Sunday (July 19-21).

The free three-day carnival, centred on Hall Garth Park in Hornsea, includes a firework display on Friday evening and continues through the weekend with live bands on the music stage, family entertainment, food and crafts, a fairground, a carnival parade on Saturday and on Sunday a fun run.

Among the entertainments this year are Beverley and District Pipe band, Cirque Du Valerian circus show and the First Position dance show.

For full details see the  Hornsea Carnival website.


Consultation on tram routes in Leeds and Bradford

Sheffield is currently the only city in Yorkshire to have a tram networkWest Yorkshire Combined Authority has begun an important public consultation on routes chosen for the first phase of a tram network.

The consultation involves consideration of route options for a tram line between Leeds and Bradford and the first step of a Leeds network with trams between the White Rose Centre and St James' Hospital in Leeds.

As trams will not have the same speed as trains which currently operate two routes between Leeds and Bradford — one between Leeds and Bradford Interchange in around 18 minutes and Leeds and Bradford Forster Square in 25 minutes — it will be important that a tram route brings benefit to new areas in-between that do not already have a nearby station.

On the Leeds route there should also soon be fast trains between the White Rose Office Park and Leeds station with a near-complete but delayed new station there, built with a £26.5m budget to straddle the top of a railway embankment on a line being upgraded for faster trans-Pennine trains. However, a tram route to the same destination should be able to provide extra connections through a careful choice of route either past the Elland Road football ground or via Dewsbury Road or via Beeston. Consideration is also being made on how trams would pass through the city centre and out towards St James' Hospital as the first step towards possible future phases in north and north-east Leeds where there are no existing railway routes.

During the first part of consultation, members of the public are being invited to provide feedback on a number of options for the two phase one routes. There will be further consultation next year on a preferred route with stop details and then a works application in 2026 to the Government's Transport Secretary with a view to work beginning on a tram network by 2028.

Find out more and provide feedback on the scheme at these  West Yorkshire Combined Authority mass transit consultation pages.

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Weekday train disruption continues

TransPennine Express trains between Huddersfield and Leeds will be divertingRailway upgrade work that has hit commuter trains on weekdays at towns between Leeds and Huddersfield returns for the last week of the current run of four weeks this Monday (July 15).

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Enjoy some time at the Yorkshire seaside

South Bay, ScarboroughBridlingtonSummer is here so where better to spend some family time than at the Yorkshire seaside.

Three of the resorts on Yorkshire's coast are international Blue Flag beaches in 2024, there are a dozen beaches with Keep Britain Tidy Seaside Awards and a village which was judged to have Britain's Best Beach in 2020.

And with some vast stretches of beaches, seaside villages and coastal paths there is plenty of space to be enjoyed away from the main town centres.

Find out more on our Seaside page.


70th anniversary year for Yorkshire's newest National Park

The newest of Yorkshire's three National Parks celebrates its 70th anniversary this year.

The Yorkshire Dales National Park began its life on 16 November 1954, after a public inquiry in May that year, to become Britain's eighth National Park.

The park's original 684 square miles were originally within the boundaries of historic Yorkshire's West and North Ridings, but after those boundaries had themselves been frayed by Government changes, the park boundaries were also extended in 2016 from following the old county boundary to include areas of Lancashire and what was then Cumbria, now Westmorland and Furness. The National Park now stretches across 841 square miles.

Among the natural attractions to discover in the Yorkshire Dales are Yorkshire's mountain peaks, beautiful river valleys, attractive villages and some of the finest limestone scenery in the UK. We celebrate some of these in our latest selection of pictures on our Pictures page.

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Here are links to a few favourite pages at Yorkshire.guide:

Cities Largest towns and cities Population Gazetteer Abbeys Castles Film locations Heritage Coast Heritage railways Highest mountains Historic Houses North Pennines North York Moors Museums Peak District Racecourses Seaside York Yorkshire Dales Yorkshire football Railway stations

On Ilkla Moor Baht ’at

If you’re from Yorkshire you will probably recognise our background picture as the Cow and Calf Rocks on Ilkley Moor, famous as the location of the Yorkshire dialect anthem "On Ilkla Moor Baht ’at". More on Ilkley.

Yorkshire news topics


General Election 2024: Results across 60 Yorkshire constituencies

Local elections 2024: Yorkshire-wide results from mayoral, council and Police and Crime Commissioner elections

Bus franchise plan: Major changes in West Yorkshire from 2027

RNLI 200: Anniversary celebration for coastal lifesavers.

News archive 2023: News from 2023.

News archive 2022: News from 2022.

News archive 2021: News from 2021.

News archive 2020: News from 2020.

News archive 2019: News from 2019.

News archive 2018: News from 2018.

News archive 2017: News from 2017.

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